11 DIY Solutions for Summer Skin Care on the Cheap
To exfoliate dead, flaky skin and get down to the healthy new layer underneath, Hello Glow says all it takes is a little sugar. Massage grains of sugar gently into the skin with a circular motion and rinse thoroughly, making sure to apply plenty of moisturizer after drying off. For easier application, add a little oil to make a paste. Sugar contains glycolic acid, which helps break down dead skin cells. Other good exfoliants sitting in the kitchen cupboard are sea salt (great for tough areas such as feet and elbows), baking soda (use a little water to form a paste), and oatmeal (a gentler option that also absorbs oil).
Oil, dirt, and other debris can clog pores, making them appear larger. Natural Healing Magazine suggests clearing out pores with a DIY pore strip made of gelatin and milk. Mix a tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with 1.5 tablespoons of milk and microwave for 10 seconds. While the mixture is still warm, spread it on your face wherever pores appear large. Wait 15 minutes and pull the strip off carefully.
Skip skin-damaging UV rays and bronze your body temporarily with DIY self-tanning lotion. Thrive Market suggests brewing extra-strong black tea using two to four tea bags and 4 ounces of hot water. Let the tea cool, put it in a spray bottle, and spritz all over skin until it reaches the desired shade. Or, try mixing white lotion with pure cocoa powder, Bellatory says. Start with one-half cup of lotion and one-third cup of cocoa powder, then add more cocoa powder to get the shade you want. (It will look lighter on skin than it does in the mixing bowl.) Slather on the sweet-smelling lotion until skin has that perfect tan.
For many people, hair removal is a key part of the summer grooming regimen. Try a super-moisturizing DIY shaving cream from Gold Mountain Beauty. Combine one-half cup oil (olive, almond, or whatever is on hand), one-quarter cup honey, and one-quarter cup liquid castile soap. Transfer to a pump bottle for easy application. The oil and honey will keep skin hydrated, and if you happen to nick yourself, honey has natural antibacterial properties.